Late Podolski goal gives Germany 2-2 draw with Australia


Minutes may be slipping away from Poldi on loan at Inter, but he’s taking his chances with the national team.

With Germany down 2-1 to Australia late, the 29-year-old took it upon himself to get on the scoresheet and bring his country back level.

Podolski finished off a nice move from Andre Schurrle and Jonas Hector to bring the Germans back level, but the draw will still leave the Aussies happy. The reigning Asian Cup champions were looking for redemption after every Asian team finished bottom of its group in the 2014 World Cup, and this was the first opportunity to do so.

A few German regulars were sent to the bench or left off the squad entirely, but others like Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil, Mario Gotze, and Marco Reus still featured in the starting lineup.

And no matter who played on the other team, for Australia the game in Kaiserslautern still had plenty of meaning. Reus opened the scoring in the 17th minute, touching home to finish some good work by Khedira, but the Aussies worked themselves back into things. James Troisi equalized five minutes before halftime when he beat Hector in the air to smash home a header. Crystal Palace midfielder and Aussie captain Mile Jedinak then put the Socceroos ahead just five minutes after the break when he ripped a free-kick howitzer into the top corner of the net.

But Podolski’s goal seven minutes from full-time ensured it wasn’t a completely disappointing day for Joachim Low and the Germans, his 48th goal for his country to pass Jurgen Klinsmann for third on the all-time list.